Humane Society to N.L. sealers: ‘Let’s talk’

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Organization wants to ‘bridge past differences’

Humane Society International (Canada) representatives (from left) Rebecca Aldworth, Rick Wright and Michael Bernard walk along the harbour apron at St. John’s waterfront Tuesday morning between meetings with community groups and provincial representatives. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

They flew in Monday night and, on Tuesday, three representatives of Humane Society International Canada were meeting with community groups and government representatives in St. John’s, laying out what they see as a reasonable means of ending the commercial seal hunt.

“As an organization, we’re working to try to build ties with sealers and sealing communities and affected communities and Newfoundland rural areas to try to work towards a buyout of the industry that reflects the fact that it is coming to an end, due to climate change and due to international markets closing,” said Nick Wright, who works the society’s anti-sealing campaign. Wright said the organization is looking to “bridge past differences” with sealers, to develop a united voice in promoting a buyout of commercial licences.

“To be clearer, our goal is that Canada will prohibit commercial sealing,” said Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International Canada. However, she said, the organization now sees the potential for its goals to serve the interest of individual fishermen.

She said sealers are facing poor prices, a lack of market for seals and the impacts of climate change on ice conditions, making the hunt harder to conduct and less profitable. The Humane Society believes these conditions will continue.

Aldworth and Wright were in St. John’s with Michael Bernard, a colleague and lobbyist for the Humane Society in Ottawa. While the delegation expressed interest in contacting sealers, Aldworth admitted there was no attempt to arrange a meeting with the Canadian Sealers Association. Association spokesman Frank Pinhorn has previously told The Telegram it continues the fight to have sealing respected as a humane, sustainable industry. The association’s feelings on the future of the hunt remain diametrically opposed to those of organizations like the Humane Society, Pinhorn has said. Pinhorn has accused the association of using the hunt as a fundraising “cash cow,” something Aldworth dismissed, pointing to the organization’s not-for-profit status.

It remains unclear how many sealers will participate in the hunt this year. The season at The Front is scheduled to start April 12 at 6 a.m.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans estimates 7.7 million harp seals to be in the North Atlantic. The total allowable catch for the hunt has been set at 400,000 seals, the same as last year.


Only about 10 per cent of that quota was taken in 2011 and the Canadian Sealers Association has predicted a similar showing this year. There had been no commitment from processors for the purchase of seal as late as March 27 and sealers have been advised to check with their buyers to confirm a market for their catch before going sealing.

The CBC has reported NuTan Furs in Catalina won’t be buying pelts this year. No one from the Nu Tan tannery was available to speak to The Telegram Tuesday. However, Mike Voisey, the owner of Slippers ‘N Things in Happy Valley-Goose Bay ( — a business specializing in high-quality provincial art and craft products — said the seal skins used in creating the seal fur gloves, hats and slippers sold by his business were typically supplied by NuTan. He said as he understands it, those skins are not going to be available from NuTan this year.

“That puts us in an awkward position,” he said. Slippers ‘N Things takes every effort to sell products made in Newfoundland and Labrador, with materials from this province. “We’re now in the process of trying to find another tannery on the island. Hopefully we’re going to be successful, because we do — sealskin products is one of our specialties and people like it,” Voisey said.


At the Fur Institute of Canada, Rob Cahill acknowledged the year is set to be another tough one for the seal industry. “I understand that there’s been a bit of a re-alignment in the industry in Newfoundland and last week (G.C. Rieber) Carino company out of Trinity Bay announced they will be buying this year. So that’s certainly encouraging and it’s going to help — we understand they have domestic and international markets that are strong enough, certainly, to warrant buying new product. So it’s obviously a good thing,” he said.

He said an anti-hunt lobby was just one factor in bringing the industry to its current state.

“Since 2006, when prices were a record high of $105, there have been a lot of different developments that have impacted price and availability,” he said.

He said prices were inflated in 2006, leading to a natural drop the following year. As time continued on, he said, international market considerations came into play, including an economic crisis in Russia and a “softening” of the Asian economy. “There was certainly a lot more pressure and profile, politically and publicly, around the EU ban of 2009.”

The next hit was environmental factors, he said, including poor ice conditions from 2009-2011.

Since last year’s hunt, trade restrictions on seal products were proposed by the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, closing potential markets for 2012.

With sealers not taking the full quota of seals, Cahill said he has heard suggestions of a cull being a good idea to keep the seal population in check.

“From our perspective, that could lead to more taxpayer costs and potentially less welfare practices used and a wasting of the resource. Those are concerns to us,” he said.

The provincial Department of Fisheries could not comment on the meeting with the Humane Society reps Tuesday, but offered to follow-up with The Telegram in the coming days.

Organizations: Humane Society, The Telegram, Canadian Sealers Association The Front Department of Fisheries and Oceans CBC Fur Institute of Canada EU Customs Union

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Ottawa North Atlantic Catalina Happy Valley Goose Bay Russia Trinity Bay Belarus Kazakhstan

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  • Bigland
    April 06, 2012 - 15:21

    When you look at the alligator hunt in United States they have both a sport & commercial hunt. Get some big game hunters out there bow hunting and it wouldn’t take long for the activists to realize that the seal hunt is pretty humane when compared to other big game hunting that takes place…………..marine ecologist Jacques Cousteau criticized the focus on the seal hunt, arguing it is entirely emotional: "We have to be logical. We have to aim our activity first to the endangered species. Those who are moved by the plight of the harp seal could also be moved by the plight of the pig - the way they are slaughtered is horrible………….When you really think about this you could come to the conclusion that this has been a complete failure, not for them but for the animals out there that need help and not getting the attention that they deserve. I’m more worried about endangered caribou herds, Snowy owl, Harlequin ducks and many many more species that are in trouble and need help, not seals that are going through a population explosion. As the population explosion continues and the seals expand their range further and further South along the Eastern seaboard causing more and more damage then maybe our friends South of the boarder will finally realize that without any harvesting some of our problems will become yours, Show support for the hunt before it’s to late.

  • Keep up the good work Bridget
    April 06, 2012 - 08:10

    Keep up the awesome work Bridget. You are representing a lot of people in the province who do not agree with the seal hunt. Hopefully one day soon it will be over and the people of this province will accept the fact that they are wrong by unnecessarily hunting these animals. There is no longer a market for these products, and those in the industry need to accept this. Their jobs are becoming redundant. And what do the rest of us do when our jobs become redundant? We go back to school or find jobs elsewhere. This is a changing world and people have to change with it and adapt or they will not survive. Sealers need food and shelter? There are trades and short-term courses that people of any age can enroll in.

    April 05, 2012 - 10:30

    Well well well, Bridget Curran is back yet again using aggressive words towards those who disagree with her. Has Fox News offered you a job yet??? I find it ironic how you refer to Newfoundland as a beautiful province and then in the same post refer to its residents as knuckle dragging barbarians. Now Bridget....this is what you said back in 2010 - ''admit that the sealing industry is over and use that money to fairly compensate fishermen and sealers with a licence buy-back program and implement an eco-tourism solution." BUT on your website, you clearly state in the FAQ section it only costs $2 for a sealer to be licenced?? you're prooposing they get $2 back? Are you planning on buying lottery tickets for them???? As for your claim the majority of Canadians oppose the seal hunt. Look at how many comments on this article alone are against you versus the less than 5 that agree with you. Maybe it's a biased sample size, but if you refer to one article in Cape Breton, the same trend continues Believe me when I say this...there is nothing more in this world that I want than to have a debate with you face to face, open yo the public and broadcast to the world. Nothing would please me more than take you down and watch you crash and burn when your facts are disproved. When you kill any animal, you will see blood. Do you think when Chickens and Cows are killed the bleed unicorns and rainbows?? more thing, if seal pups are drowning due to climate change, I suggest you get a garbage bag and start picking them up. You started this mess - you clean it up.

    • Brenda Armour
      April 05, 2012 - 20:30

      At least Fred has the balls to post his full name. Come on at least if you have an opinion be man enough to put your full name.

      April 09, 2012 - 12:08

      That's your response to my opinion?? Okay...I will assume then you have no actual response because everything I stated is true. As for my's Suqa Midiq

    April 05, 2012 - 08:40

    I think the Federal Dept of Fisheries should commission a Film of the Great Seal herd on the East Cost of Canada that would show the destruction of the largest food source in the world the northern cod stock being destroyed by many millions of seals, Those seals have been seen miles up rivers, miles from the ocean after salmon & trout, there are many millions of hungry seals, ravishing the ocean and rivers after food,Fishermen has Hauled up Crab pots only to find a seal dead stuck in the mouth of the pot, and drowned while trying to get at the Crab in the pot , The Humane Society wants to now buy the seal fishery, they are not interested in the seal hunt or the cod stock the only animal the want to feed is the humane society, Not only Canada but the countries all over the world that fished the grand banks of NFLD should speak out of the destruction to the largest food source in the world THE NORTHERN COD STOCK

  • Bigland
    April 05, 2012 - 06:19

    To save the seal hunt First we have to reclassify seals, seals aint’s mammels no more, they'll be reptiles from now on. No more flipper pie, we'll eat nothing but seal jambalaya Next we'll get cbc to do a show of the hunt, we won't be sealers were "Ice People" from now on & everytime someone kill's a seal he'll call out ya ya yaaa ..!! & If that don't work then it's time to bring in the big sports hunters who pay the big bucks that kill everything else ... Talk about Hypocrite's

  • Chuck
    April 05, 2012 - 06:08

    I guess those are not genuine leather gloves Michael Bernard is wearing!!!

  • Bridget Curran
    April 05, 2012 - 06:01

    And of course you're all missing one very important point -- the representatives of Humane Society International (Canada) are in Newfoundland to meet with community groups and provincial government representatives. These meetings were set up in advance - that means that groups in Newfoundland WANT TO talk to the HSI Canada reps. Respect that fact, you bunch of bullies - you can't dictate to whom your fellow-Newfoundlanders can and cannot speak!

      April 05, 2012 - 10:51

      Where in the article does it say this???? All I read in this article was ''Aldworth admitted there was no attempt to arrange a meeting with the Canadian Sealers Association''. Okay, so they're meeting with people who don't represent those affected but they did make sure to have a photo-op at St. John's harbour. Thanks for clearing that up. It's always interesting that whenever a seal protestor does something, the press is always nearby....kind of like when you used the press to publically call for Dann Little to be charged for beating a stuffed toy. He didn't beat you - so what exactly did you want him charged with? I guess it doesn't matter now does it?? Oh, I like how you say the majority of Canadians oppose the Canadian seal hunt. For example when you held a protest in 2010, the CBC reports you had a dozen people. Unless a dozen has been redefined as 1, 2, 5 or 10 million, I am pretty sure it still means 12. Wow...12 people...wait scratch that, the article said about 12 so I'm guessing maybe 9, 10 or 11 were there. Yup, I can see how that would represent a majority.

  • jimswift
    April 05, 2012 - 00:02

    There are a lot of terrible injustices happening to animals (and humans) on this planet, and I'm grateful for organizations that recognizes this. Too bad this isn't one of those organizations. Hunters don't hunt seals because they want to kill cute things, they do it to survive. FOOD. SHELTER. Get it?

  • David
    April 04, 2012 - 22:52

    They look like mormons. Fitting.

  • Al
    April 04, 2012 - 21:44

    I am ashamed to be a Newfoundlander. Anyone that actually believes in the seal hunt is a monster. How can you justify murdering animals? And doing it so brutally? Any person who is a seal hunter needs to get a real job. Being a murderer isn't a job. Oh, right, I guess you need an education to get a real job. I am disgusted at all you people who brutally kill these animals. How dare you all, tell the humane society to get out of our province. Anyone that thinks killing these poor animals is right needs to get real. You should be ashamed of yourself! Newfoundlanders... wake up and get some sense!

  • Ivan Tucker
    April 04, 2012 - 19:47

    It is sad for me,a former Newfoundlander,living in Ontario,to read comments of these anti sealers knowledge of the sealing industry.First of all it is a cull,not a full scale slaughter of endangered animals.I myself cannot kill anything,but i have a lot of respect for those "WHO"go to the seal hunt,with dangers,that most or all of us land lubbers cannot even imagine,let alone fathom. Life for a lot of these naysayers,must be on the up & up,or they have never lived from payday to payday.I love animals,of all sorts,but am realistic enough,to think past these selfish humane persons,who live the life of riley,with no consciousness,of whom they are accusing of being "barbarians" who put in eighteen hour days just to survive. I work with the retired elderly,who would appreciate,some of these bleeding hearts,to come to their aid,as most survive month to month.(NOTE)not live.Most end up with brittle bone disease,broken hips,& many other ailments,because,they don't receive enough to live on,let alone,be able to have nutrition,to empower their bodies,to stay healthy. I agree,that there has to be people,caring enough,to make killing any animal humane,but aren't humans being slaughtered daily,because of our health system,our selfishness,by turning a blind eye,when it comes,to these elderly,whom built this country,with blood & sweat,only to put in a home,& for a lot,be forgotten.I say shame on those,who have their heads in the sand,& don't see the real picture. I do appreciate your right to your opinion,& i hope you feel the same for me.Just one other point!Brenda Armour,from P.E.I.,baby seal are not part of the cull,& haven't been,for as long as i can remember,& that pleases me. Take care & may God Bless,all these naysayers,& help enlighten them,to more serious situations,but won't,pull in donations,like the seal hunt does.

  • Sandy
    April 04, 2012 - 19:01

    Another bunch of uninformed fools come to our province to get recognition and feel good about themselves. Go get something else to do with your time and stay the hell out of Newfoundland and Labrador. You're advice or whatever is not wanted or needed here, so get out!!!!!

  • Bob Ster
    April 04, 2012 - 17:53

    How much was the Telegram paid to provide this photo op?

  • habsfan
    April 04, 2012 - 17:13

    End the seal hunt already. I'm actually opposed to giving them a buy out. Why should we reward these seal killers with a nice check? Such a destructive pattern, destroy a resource and cry for money, no markets for their cruel products cry for money. Imagine if everyone across this land cried and demanded money every time their business went belly up? It already costs the taxpayer millions of dollars to support a hunt that brings in one million. It's quite embarrassing.

    • Edmund
      April 04, 2012 - 19:43

      What a loser. A Habs fan and supporter of the loons that try to hurt our people. Need I say more. Get a life by'e.

  • Gordon
    April 04, 2012 - 17:07

    This is an NGO equvalent of a vulture fund. They are betting that sealers will sell their licences at a joke of a price in exchange for never sealing again. If the seal pelts remain at a low price for years to come, they win and if the seal pelts suddenly jump in price, they still win. In any case, whether they buy out sealing licences or not, they will continue to make posters of seal pups faster than you can say, "hypocrisy". Tell these vultures to go home. Like the vultures who have come to prey on us in the past, they have have been of use to anyone except themselves.

  • Brenda Armour
    April 04, 2012 - 17:02

    Mr. Penner the seal hunt is the most repugnant evil hunt on the planet. The problem is sealers brutally club a baby seal to death . The videos clearly show men bashing in the brains of babies who are three months and have not had their first swim or meal. Not even weaned from their mother who stand by and watch this horror. Unless a sealer is a marksman than shooting but only maiming is a brutal end of any animal who suffers before he dies. . I am tired of this jacked up welfare scheme that uses my tax money . I no longer support a buyout of your license because its money paid out to those who have been yanking the chain of the Government for years for handouts. As for factory animals., you just need to visit any of the major players in animal welfare and see there are campaigns supporting the end of the miserable conditions of cows, pigs and chickens. Check out and get active to end the suffering of factory farm animals. Hell check out the free vegan starter kit.. Yes I am in the Maritimes and live in PEI.

    • Chris
      April 04, 2012 - 18:20

      You are uninformed. Period.

    • pal
      April 04, 2012 - 19:25

      brenda, maybe stick to growing potatoes and keep the sealin' to us

    • Fred Penner
      April 04, 2012 - 20:22

      Brenda...The clubbing of baby seals was banned in 1987. Maybe you should read something other than the PETA and WWF propaganda.

      April 04, 2012 - 20:41

      Brenda you fool!!!!we have not hunted baby seals since 1981 in Newfoundland it has been outlawed and we don't use clubs we use guns before you speak learn about what you are speaking about you FOOL!!

    • Peter
      April 04, 2012 - 20:54

      Brenda, you are completely out of touch and totally uninformed. The "baby" seal hunt has been banned for many years, the only hunt is for the adult seals. If you looked into the truth of this for only five minutes you would have found this out. Adult seals are shot, like is any other hunt. I ask, do you eat meat, wear leather or other fur? I hope the hunt is never ended, it would only mean that this bunch will find something else. There is nothing wrong with eating meat, I don't push my habit on you so don't push yours on me.

  • KM
    April 04, 2012 - 16:20

    Looking forward to the day when the seal hunt is ended for good.

  • David
    April 04, 2012 - 16:20

    The only reason these people are in town right now is to collect donations from gullable people who watch these news clips. The Humane Society must be low on funds and use our way of life for their monetary gain. Shame on the Telegram for printing this story.

  • P F Murphy
    April 04, 2012 - 15:57

    An harp seal is 5 - 6 feet long weighing 300-400 lbs and has a life span of up to 30 years. They have a conservation status of "least concern" which means that there is no concern on their becoming endangered anytime, particularly as we have herds totalling approximately 8 million animals on Canada's coast line. With that large a population, they must certainly be eating themselves into a starvation climax as would any uncontrolled population of 8 million, 400 lb Canadians eating fish 7 days a week 365 days a year. We can recognize this reality by the lack of return of our fish populations and the presence of seals further and further up our rivers, pursuing trout and other inland fish species. The Humane Society should rename itself the Inhumane Society as they continue to oppose and restrict any control measures that would prevent the massive starvation of these animals when they finally exhaust their food source. It would be far better if the allowable catch this year was 4 million so we could restore this population to balance with its environment. With a government bounty of $5 or $10 per shot seal which could be aerially filmed by Search and Rescue to get them out out their hangars, it would cost the federal government only $20 or $40 million to perform this ecological conservation of the population. Better that than let them starve to death in agony when the fish populations are exhausted and the Inhumane Society has gone home and can't see the terrible pain ands suffering their actions have caused for the seals, their young and of course our fish. I know many a Newfoundlander will be mournful at the sight of our soft-hearted sealers weeping out to sea in sympathy with the plight of unendurable suffering the Inhumane Society will have caused our seal population through their wilful actions in preventing a seal harvest and thereby causing a population of animals the awful scourge of mass starvation.

    • Bridget Curran
      April 05, 2012 - 05:15

      You must be one of those government workers they've trained in social media to post misinformation wherever the seal hunt issue is being debated. If you read the latest Science Advisory Report from the Science Advisory Secretariat, you'd see the harp seal herd is actually in DECLINE due in part to climate change. DFO scientists recommended the TAC be lowered for that reason. There is no credible science to prove seals are responsible for fish stock failure to rebound. Just the opposite in fact - we're seeing evidence of fish benefiting from seal predation. As for a government bounty - that money would not come from the Canadian government; it would come from the Canadian taxpayers, the majority of whom oppose the commercial seal hunt. They would certainly not sit by and watch their tax dollars being used for a cull/bounty. And your comment about "soft-hearted sealers" - are you serious? I'm sure the soft-hearted sealers weep copious tears while they're bashing in the skulls of seal pups still almost completely covered in their white coats (as we've seen this year already) and shooting them in the face and letting them writhe around on the ice for minutes at a time before finishing them off, or hooking conscious and screaming seal pups through the face, dragging them across the ice and tossing them like garbage on a pile of dead and dying pups. I don't see any sealers crying about all the whitecoat pups drowning this year - as in previous years - because the sea ice melted before they'd finished nursing or learned to swim. All I hear are sealers clamouring to go out and pick off the few remaining pups still clinging to melting icepans. In fact, the Maggies sealers were so keen to get out there and start bashing away before all the pups drowned that DFO opened the slaughter a few days early for them. "Soft-hearted" - yeah right. As for seals starving to death - scientists tell us seals regulate their own reproductive rate. If conditions are not optimal, ie a lack of food supply, their rate of reproduction slows down. They're self-regulating. That means they don't need a bunch of knuckle-dragging sealers with clubs and hakapiks out there bashing in their skulls and sucking Canadian taxpayers dry. The commercial seal hunt is nothing but a glorified welfare scheme. Canadian taxpayers are tired of footing the bill so these barbarians can kill seal pups. We'd much rather see our taxes used for a licence buyout. I shake my head when I see comments such as these, accusing people who campaign against the commercial seal hunt of being "misinformed", then proceed to spout alot of old rubbish about seals and fish. Seals are not responsible for the plight of fish stocks. Seals do not need to be slaughtered or culled. There are no markets for seal products, nor will the markets come back. It's not just "foreigners" or "Upper Canadians" who oppose the commercial seal hunt. Many Atlantic Canadians oppose it as well. In fact, many Newfoundlanders oppose it. But it's bullying wilfuly ignorant Numpties like you lot that prevent them from speaking out. My grandmother came from Newfoundland. It's a beautiful province. Many of the people are wonderful and caring. It's just too bad the entire province is tainted by the actions of a small minority of people who get their kicks killing baby seals and trying to justify it with bogus excuses about over-population, dwindling fish stocks or starving people in Africa. Get off the pot - it's all BS and you know it. Bridget Curran Atlantic Canadian Anti-Sealing Coalition

  • Penny for your thoughts
    April 04, 2012 - 14:43

    I dont understand....its our traditional way of life, we have been doing it for hundreds of years. You would think in this post 9-11 era, they would have bigger "fish to fry"....sorry...maybe that saying is anti humane society. Maybe we could send these people to the Funks.....then they will have to eat seal and turre....give them a taste of their own medicine.

  • Edmund
    April 04, 2012 - 14:30

    Why were my comments, that were sucessfully submitted this morning, not posted? They were truthful comments with some real recommendations for this group of ill informed and hurtful opportunists.

  • Harvey
    April 04, 2012 - 14:04

    Don't give them anything to eat unless it's seal meat. Why are they not in parts of the world where horrible inhumane conditions exist...particularly among children?Too cowardly,I guess. Mr.Editor,please give them no more coverage.

  • Joan Hiscock
    April 04, 2012 - 12:55

    To Lisa: you need to get a real life and get you head out of the clouds. To Homely's Friend: Spot on my friend!!! To the media: Stop giving them publicity that they don't have to pay for. You are a bunch of enablers by doing so.

  • Max Edwards
    April 04, 2012 - 12:16

    Why the press continues to give them exposure baffles me. They are not worthy so much as to be given any publicity. They should be ignored by one and all, for what they are, a mob a money-hungry self-proclaimed do-gooders.. Phonies, all of them.

  • Homely's Friend
    April 04, 2012 - 12:03

    I guess to be 'not for profit' all you need do is increase salaries!!!! These Figures are from their web site. 2007 2008 2009 2010 Revenue 2.5 Million 2.6million 19.9 million 6.8 million Fundraising Expenses 620,000 600,000 765,000 550,000 Salaries 500,000 400,000 2.2 million 2.4 million

  • Marge
    April 04, 2012 - 11:20

    Do you suppose the Humane Society people eat fish? If they do -- and enjoy it -- perhaps they should back off the sealers before the seals eat all the good fish out of the ocean! The Humane Soceity really should put more effort into protecting children who are homeless, abused, or being raised beneath the poverty level.

  • Calvin
    April 04, 2012 - 11:11

    Bigger problems than the seal hunt include: 1. Child pornagraphy. 2. Human trafficking. 3. Starving families throughout the world. 4. War (all forms). And so on.... BULLYING is a bigger problem than the seal hunt. Do you think children starving to death every day in Africa or South America would turn up their noses at a bit of seal meat? This is old news, and it is really pitiful that the media keeps giving these crackpots so much attention.

  • Fred Penner
    April 04, 2012 - 10:52

    Perhaps someone from the Humane Society could explain to me why seals are treated differently than other animals such as cows, pigs and chickens? Why is killing a seal any different? The "Humane Society" has been attempting to shut down these practices (beef, pork, chicken) as well but has not had any success....why? Most likely because nearly everyone eats cows, pigs and chickens and not seals. The market interest is not there and it is easier to score a smaller victory by attacking the sealing industry.

  • JSMurphy
    April 04, 2012 - 10:47

    It baffles the mind that with all the cruel and inhumane things being carried out around the world the NL seal hunt would generate such attention from these do-gooders. It simply makes no sense. It's one of those things like "Linsanity", there is no explanation it just IS. I would venture to say that these people don't even know themselves why they just HAVE to save the seals. They're caught up in the mania and being swept along by it. Newfoundlanders take note there is no chance of winning this fight because "reason" does not apply here.

  • F Bomb
    April 04, 2012 - 10:43

    It seem the fashionable thing for these nutballs is to flour bomb people who like fur. Lets give them some of their own medicine. I say get a couple of scoops of your Robin Hood and let's flour bomb these clowns.

  • The Train
    April 04, 2012 - 10:07

    I wonder if they'll have an outcry about this. Maybe they can get some "human chicks" to dawn new white coats?

  • Bob
    April 04, 2012 - 10:03

    Have they watched Swamp People? Lets save the cute crocs!

  • Makenbreak
    April 04, 2012 - 10:02

    I am with GB and Mainlander - have these people actually set foot inside of a chicken farm? It's disgusting and cruel! The seals are at least free-range and have a normal, natural life unlike all of the animals we raise for food. So we don't harvest the seals and then have a cull? How does that make sense? What a waste! I am so tired of the arrogance and stupidity of these people. Leave the sealers alone to do what they have been doing for generations...and look! there are still seals! NL didn't kill the cod fishery - short sighted people like these did.

  • The Train
    April 04, 2012 - 10:00

    I wonder if they'll be an outcry by the Animal Rights about this..... Maybe they can line up some "human chicks" to turn coats?

    April 04, 2012 - 09:57

    Having the Humane Society using a PR campaign as means to ''help'' the very people, province and industry they have been sabotaging the past 30 years is like having Osama Bin Laden offering his condelences to the victims's families of 9/11. The Humane Soceity has sunk to a new low. Do yourself a favor this province while you still have the legs to carry ya

  • Anon
    April 04, 2012 - 09:55

    Here they come again. The worst kind of hippies.

  • Lisa
    April 04, 2012 - 09:38

    Seal slaughterers need to get a life, and a real job. Savagely attacking and killing helpless seals for their skins (that no real person wants anyway) is sadistic and cruel.

    • Ignorance is Bliss
      April 04, 2012 - 10:38

      Poor Lisa, she falls for the lies. Sealers do have a life. They support that life by working which includes hunting seals. They do it for the pay. That pay comes from 'real' people who buy the pelts. People did not choose to stop buying pelts. That freedom of choice was taken away from them by lobby groups pressuring politicians to take away that freedom to choose. Be careful that someday a small lobby group doesn't succeed in taking away your freedoms of choice.

    • Tell us what you do
      April 04, 2012 - 11:15

      Lisa, Would you mind telling us what do-gooder lifestyle you lead?? I am willing to bet I could find at least 10 things wrong with the lifestyle you lead and if I applied myself, exposed your name, posted videos showing your ''sadistic'' and ''cruel'' behavoir I could ruin your livelihood just as easily. I dare you tell me what you do for a living Oh, by the way, I work in the Oil sands...not the Tar Sands, OIL SANDS. You may not like that, but guess what - your car does, your plastic belongings do, your home heating fact, I think you should a sign a letter thanking me for the service I provide for you - you can sign right on my rear after you kiss it.

    • PETER
      April 04, 2012 - 14:19

      Hey Lisa, do tyou eat meat? Wear leather goods? I love seal pie, and seal skins. Leather is just another form of skin, did you know that? And it's not only for the skin, research it Lisa, become informed.

  • Dwayne Cull
    April 04, 2012 - 09:35

    These types make me want to puke!! I'm sure there are enough noble causes in the world for them to dedicate themselves to. Why not try helping causes like starving, exploited, abused and murdered children around the world? Nope..cuz these whackos are sick enough to justify that while preaching to us how bad we are to be sealers...

  • Frank
    April 04, 2012 - 09:28

    The only, and I mean ONLY thing I'd be interested in talking about with HSUS and their ilk are the lies that have been told about the seal hunt over the years.

  • JPaul
    April 04, 2012 - 09:10

    Good timing when were out there slaughtering Coyotes (supposedly) Polar Bears what's next? Moose kill more people on our highways and that problem is still ongoing. There's got to be a better solution than to destroy our endanfered species. It's so easy to pick up a rifle not much thought in that.

    • Benny
      April 04, 2012 - 10:31

      Actually, people kill more people on our highways. FYI, coyotes, moose and seals are not endangered. Polar bears are only shot if there is a risk to people's lives.

  • Amazed
    April 04, 2012 - 08:50

    Way to go Ford Elms, exactly what I would have wrote. Don't trust anything said by HSUS and the like, they push their agenda by lies and deceit, which has been proven many times. Tell them to get lost, because there is some secondary gain to this visit beyond what they are saying.

  • Elle
    April 04, 2012 - 08:45

    The Telegram must be getting paid a lot of $$ to give them this much coverage. That's what the big problem is - media being paid off by these rich and powerful self-interest groups. That's why there's so much negative attention and the seal hunt is dying. Media is to blame AGAIN!!

    April 04, 2012 - 08:31

    So Aldworth says the issue isn't a cash cow because the are not profit! Amazing comment, she seems to say then that they don't need money? Of course it's a cash cow, being non profit means they need money to fly these jokers around the country, spend a fortune on false adertising, pay wages etc. They are non profit because they can't show a profit, so they have to spend it, and they need to spend all they can get on this issue. Of course it's a cash cow for them, gives them more to spend!!!

  • sparky
    April 04, 2012 - 08:19

    Those GOOFS have never had a-real job in there life!,they get big money from goverments to fly around this world for STUPID causes. GET A REAL JOB LOSERS!! steve harper just brought back 2 panda bears for the canadian goverment to care for at 1million dollars a year! What a stupid country I live in!!

  • Robb
    April 04, 2012 - 08:04

    The only humane thing to do here is throw the three of those jokers into the harbour. Who the hell do these people think they are. Simply tell them to mind their own business and we will mind our own business.

  • Anne
    April 04, 2012 - 07:59

    SO, Humane Society, how are you going to provide jobs to all of those people who are losing from the Seal Hunt? What are small business's going to do like the one in the article, Slippers ‘N Things ? What does seals eat? Do they not consume enough fish per day to equal their weight? There is so much more to the seal hunt than what the Humane Society puts out!!

  • Paul
    April 04, 2012 - 07:47

    Maybe they'll check out some the clubs on George Street .

  • Ranter
    April 04, 2012 - 07:39

    Kick them out of the province - they are not welcomed! calling us barbarians, etc. time to get serious with them that we will not negotiate with a bunch of liars and misleading people. We should be suing them for wrongful information and discrimination.

  • mainalnder
    April 04, 2012 - 07:24

    If these guys want a cause to support - why don't they do something about factory farming and the use of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and feed made from GMO's in the meat we eat? Why aren't they making Monsanto a household name so people know how the food system is being controlled by 1 company?!

  • mainlander
    April 04, 2012 - 07:20

    If the HS ends it, where are they going to get their money from? Of course, they will probably continue to spread their BS like the pictures of the whitecoats they show - which have been illegal to hunt for 30 years! What is wrong with these people?! There are too many seals! What are we supposed to do to control the population - let them starve?! Shame on the Dept of Fisheries for giving them the time of day.

  • gb
    April 04, 2012 - 07:18

    Why are these people so set on destroying the Seal hunt? Why don't they enter the arena and stop the slaughtering of Chickens, Pigs Cattle etc?? Why? because the liberal minded tree hugging variety of the population decided that Seals were cute and cuddly ( See Brigitte Bardot ) and therefore should be preserved. If these animals were on an endangered species list you could see a reason for these 3 tree huggers to be in town. I say keep sealing and Newfoundlers keep wearing the Seal Skin Coats and Boots.